Industry Week in Review – April 11, 2014

Aviation maintenance, repair, and overhaul (“MRO”) providers convened at MRO Americas, the industry’s marquee conference, in Phoenix this past week. Analysts speaking at the conference stated their predictions that the overall North American MRO market will face a constrained growth environment over the next decade.

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Continued Absence of Congressional Action on Cybersecurity Policy

On April 3rd, addressing the American Bar Association in New York, former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Indiana) posited an unsettling theory to the audience with respect to cybersecurity: “It will probably take a cyber attack succeeding in some way that significantly harms the country before we’ll be able to reconcile the debate in Washington about legislation.”

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Industry Week in Review – April 4, 2014

This week, select U.S. military service groups sent Congress “wish lists”, called unfunded priorities or unfunded requirements, totaling approximately $36 billion in value of priority items that were not included in the Pentagon’s 2015 budget proposal.

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Industry Week in Review – March 28, 2014

In a decision that has been closely watched following Japan Airlines’ controversial decision to order Airbus A350s replacing its current fleet of Boeing 777 aircraft, Japan’s All Nippon Airways (“ANA”) announced this week it has opted for 20 of Boeing’s 777-9X to replace most of the international components of its current 777 fleet.

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Is BRAC Coming Back?

In a FY2015 budget preview last month, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel re-introduced the notion of asking Congress for another Base Realignment and Closure (“BRAC”). The request for a new BRAC starting in 2017 stems from the need to reduce expenditures, about which Hagel noted, “we cannot fully achieve our goals for overhead reductions without cutting unnecessary and costly infrastructure.”

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Industry Week in Review – March 21, 2014

The U.S. credit rating was affirmed at the top-notch triple-A level with a stable outlook this week by Fitch Ratings. This affirmation negates the “rating watch negative” the firm placed on the country’s ratings back in October.

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Highlights and Observations from SATELLITE 2014

Going into the SATELLITE 2014 conference we were eager to hear the perspectives of key industry players on the outlook for the Government satellite market. However, as we roamed the floor and listened to various industry panels it was clear many attendees were equally focused on other key trends impacting the industry.

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Pre✓: Screening for Opportunities

The Transportation Security Administration (“TSA”) continues to refine its strategy around the Pre✓ program. Open to all U.S. citizens, Pre✓ allows approved passengers to move through dedicated checkpoints without needing to remove personal belongings such as shoes, belts, and laptops.

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